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by eNate
Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: steering Wheel became Hard to turn
Replies: 72
Views: 20894

Re: steering Wheel became Hard to turn

Doug, you could ask. The dealership I bought from provided a print of the full service history, including a visit to a different dealership. There should be a record. Because this update was only available October of last year, should be easy to pin down. Sales won't necessarily take the car over to...
by eNate
Tue Mar 31, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: Loud fan running over 30mph
Replies: 1
Views: 51

Re: Loud fan running over 30mph

At risk of stealing i3Alan's thunder, any odd noises or behivior with regard to the AC, definitely take it in. Look up his posts. That's one repair that can potentially bite you hard.
by eNate
Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Upgrade Touch iDrive Controller
Replies: 6
Views: 418

Re: Upgrade Touch iDrive Controller

maybe I haven't learned the character recog well enough.. i've used most of the stuff you've described, with the 8 way scrolling being the most used, i didn't know it had multimedia playback functionality, i'll have to look into that more. I was an original Palm Pilot user back in the mid 90's, so ...
by eNate
Mon Mar 30, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Upgrade Touch iDrive Controller
Replies: 6
Views: 418

Re: Upgrade Touch iDrive Controller

...i like the aesthetics of the newer idrive ocntroller ( the round thing, right), the touch function is really tough to use. I maybe am guilty of not knowing all of the functions of the touch controller, but for the ones I do use on infrequent occasion, it's very handy. The handwriting recognition...
by eNate
Sun Mar 29, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: (Review) RGM Rearguard vs. tailgate scratches...
Replies: 5
Views: 847

Re: (Review) RGM Rearguard vs. tailgate scratches...

That's interesting, because when I search this forum for "Rearguard" I get crickets. I actually stumbled upon this product from the Speak EV forum, which has a high UK-based user base. I can't understand why this product isn't in higher demand in the US.
by eNate
Sat Mar 28, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: Finally test drove an i3
Replies: 2
Views: 188

Re: Finally test drove an i3

You're in for a screaming deal. This seems like a great time to be buying. All I'd say is take your time and proceed carefully. There's always be a better deal / better color / better interior / lower mileage that shows up the day after you sign the papers. Time is on your side so see if you can fin...
by eNate
Fri Mar 27, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Charging Cycles
Replies: 11
Views: 691

Re: Charging Cycles

I know for certain Kia does with the eNiro. I don't recall if it's preset to 80%, or if it's user adjustable, but 80% is a commonly discussed stop point. I've read references to Tesla requiring the user to select a setting for charging to 100% when they need the extra range, otherwise it stops at a ...
by eNate
Fri Mar 27, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Charging Cycles
Replies: 11
Views: 691

Re: Charging Cycles

I installed a 20A Tork dial timer for this. What's cool is it has two output legs: one is switched ON while the timer is running, and the other side is switched OFF. So I can plug in to one receptacle and dial in the number of hours I want the car to charge, or or can plug in to the other receptacle...
by eNate
Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Charging Cycles
Replies: 11
Views: 691

Re: Charging Cycles

The enemy of any battery is heat. Cells get hottest as they near full charge. This can be mitigated by not fully charging (i3 only charges to 94% on 60Ah models), charge tapering (i3 BMS can slow charging is warranted), and active cooling (check). If you have the time to spare between drives, you ca...
by eNate
Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: (Review) RGM Rearguard vs. tailgate scratches...
Replies: 5
Views: 847

Re: (Review) RGM Rearguard vs. tailgate scratches...

I emailed RGB yesterday just as a follow-up, and inquired about the lack of US distributors. They say they are working on it, but it didn't sound like anything is imminent. I'm pretty certain I corresponded with them maybe four years ago looking for a Rearguard for another car, and it was the same d...

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